Audits vs. Inspections

Because America’s port activities are continuing to grow and change, the United States (U.S.) Coast Guard is rapidly trying to satisfy the demands of the maritime workforce, customers’, and partners’. It is critical that the Coast Guard continues to facilitate commerce in a secure and safe environment. In order to meet this demand within the scope of the stated mission requirements, Coast Guard leadership must innovate and adapt different methods to carry out mission requirements. One such area of focus involves reviewing overall maritime compliance regimes to look for opportunities to audit overall systems as a means to achieve and maintain compliance from maritime customers and partners. Audits identify systemic issues that can reveal trends of conformity and nonconformity within the system, and inspections can ensure that the individual parts of the system are functioning properly. Therefore, the synergy between audit and inspection can be used to more effectively employ limited resources. For example, audits can measure system performance, which can identify areas that need a better review or functionality inspection.


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  • Accession Number: 01608085
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2016 10:57AM